NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11-The Kenya Conference of Catholics Bishops has announced plans to collect signatures in a petition that is aimed to signal its new assault to rid the country of corruption.
KCCB Chairman Philip Anyolo on Friday said corruption in the country has reached alarming levels and the only way to fight it is by starting from the grass roots going upwards.
“We all know that corruption is a grave sin and therefore call upon our faithful and people of goodwill to externally commit freely and sincerely appending their signatures where and when needed, for fighting corruption and corruption practices,” he said
Anyolo who is also the Kisumu Archbishop said as Kenyan Bishops they will lead from the front by rejecting all forms of corrupt practices, urging Kenyans to promote a culture of honesty.
“Kenyans seem to have lost their moral conscience of doing good. Why is it so difficult to resolve not to engage in bribes, either receiving or giving bribes? The war on corruption has to be won by each citizen, indeed each person; you and me,” he added.
Arch Bishop Kivuva of Mombasa Diocese said the continued inaction by government in fighting graft is breeding anger to Kenyans.
“As we even seek ways of fighting corruption, we are putting it to government to come out clear. With your state machinery you know who is corrupt. Why are culprits not being prosecuted and jailed? As Kenyans we are extremely concerned and we demand action now,” said Kivuva.
Corruption has been a thorn in the flesh for many Kenyans who are being treated to reports of corruption and misuse of public resources on a daily basis, which they blame for the high cost of living.
Several people have been implicated in graft ranging from top government officials who include Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, and Governors among other state and public officers.